Topping Makeover WINS BEST IN SHOW!

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So I woke up this morning to an epic fail on the meringue.  Not only had it weeped, but it was beading pretty badly.

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I thought about keeping it on and presenting it as is, but as my husband said, “you’re not going to be happy.”  So I asked him very kindly to pick up some heavy cream when he made the grocery run.

Meringue topping was scooped off and replaced with a lovely piped whipped cream:

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  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar)
  1. Beat on high until soft peaks form
  2. Scoop into piping bag fitted with large round tip
  3. Pipe dots around edge of pie and make your way towards the center

Competition was tight.  I won by 1 point gained by having the best presentation!

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“Our” Cake

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Commercial Easter Inspired Chocolate Cake

Here it is as promised… the cake both myself and my friend are making this weekend… we can all thank Pinterest for our common inspiration!

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When I saw I didn’t have enough frosting for the center of the cake, a new idea came to mind.  I could use marshmallow fluff to bring the Peeps inside the cake.  When the grocery store was out of marshmallow fluff – I made some of my own from marshmallows (ok, not exactly home-made).  Instead of corn syrup (as most sites suggest), I used a few tablespoons of sunflower spread – our butter alternative.  Thanks to the nice grocery store man who gave me the suggestion (he could tell from the look on my face I wanted a product they didn’t have).

 

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Here’s my chocolate cake with its marshmallow center.  And yeah the marshmallow is chocolate. I folded some of the cake into it (the top part I cut off when leveling). Nothing goes to waste here, especially not chocolate!

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“home-made” fluff

P.S. I instantly remembered why hate making rice crispy treats – melted marshmallow is a sticky pain in the ass!

 

 

You remember when I made the baby shower cupcakes?  Well, I froze the left over blue icing, which was perfect for frosting this colorful cake.  I simple defrosted it in the refrigerator and set it out at room temp for a couple hours.  Then whipped it back into the right consistency.

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I don’t care for Peeps, but nothing says Easter like a Peep.  To add more Easter fun, I dyed coconut green (shake in a plastic bag with a few drops of food coloring).  Then topped the grass with speckled coconut M&Ms and TaDa!

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